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Alcibiades

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Alcibiades

Alcibiades, son of Cleinias, from the deme of Scambonidae, was a prominent Athenian statesman, orator, and general. He was the last famous member of his mother's aristocratic family, the Alcmaeonidae, which fell from prominence after the Peloponnesian War. He played a major role in the second half of that conflict as a strategic advisor, military commander, and politician.
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  • Personal 

  • Early years 

  • Rise to prominence 

  • Sicilian Expedition 

  • Defection to Sparta 

  • Defection to Achaemenid Empire in Asia Minor 

  • Negotiations with the Athenian oligarchs 

  • Reinstatement as an Athenian General 

  • Battles of Abydos and Cyzicus 

  • Further military successes 

  • Return to Athens 

  • Defeat at Notium 

  • Death 

  • Military achievements 

  • Skill in oratory 

  • References in popular culture 

  • Primary sources